tab-delimited to csv
Adam Vande More
amvandemore at gmail.com
Mon Feb 16 10:25:52 PST 2009
John Almberg wrote:
> On Feb 16, 2009, at 12:55 PM, Roland Smith wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 11:55:50AM -0500, John Almberg wrote:
>>> Can anyone suggest a way to convert a tab-delimited file to csv using
>>> standard unix utilities? I could whip up a Ruby script to do it, but
>> As long as the files don't contain commas themselves,
> Right, that's the tricky bit. I could use tr otherwise.
>>> I hate to reinvent the wheel.
>> I'd whip up that script. There is a shareware tab2csv utility for
>> windows for $49.95:
> I'm working on it, right now.
> I also saw that windows utility, but doesn't help me much.
>> OTOH, if you have a spreadsheet program like Gnumeric or OpenOffice
>> installed, you might be able to script those to import from
>> and export to CSV. Admittedly that is like using a nuke to kill a fly.
> Actually, the problem arises because I have a client who is exporting
> a 'database' file from Excel 2000 (don't ask), to .csv, and Excel is
> so stupid that it is not putting quotes around a field that contains
> commas. Duh.
> Excel seems to export to tab-delimited format without making any fatal
> errors, but I need a real .csv file for import.
> Thus my need to convert from tab to (real) csv.
> -- John
There is this:
Have no idea if it complies or works as you want.
But if you're dealing with just one so called "database" from Excel I
would go with either checking the settings on the Excel export(in OO.org
you can specify w/ or w/out quotes) as they may have missed the option.
Or simply get the original file, open it in OO.org and do it from there
as was basically suggested earlier.
I would have thought something like would exist as it's certainly useful
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